- Memorable theme.
- Big cash prizes.
- Big progressive jackpot.
What Could Be Better
- Unavailable to US players.
- RTP starts from only 88%.
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180 A.D. Translated to 21st Century Slots
Playtech, the software company, known for its licensed brands like Marvel, unleashed its own Gladiator in 2009 and then increased the stakes in 2012 with a progressive jackpot version. They both are the same game, but the bonus round can make all the difference.
The game is 25 lines, five-reels and has a 250 maximum credit bet when ten coins per line are selected.
Although you'll find the cast popping up on the reels, Crowe's General Maximus is notably absent.
Featured In The Coliseum
As you won't see Maximum, Commodus takes charge and provides the biggest payout at 5,000 per credit bet if he overtakes all five reels.
Other characters with their five reel per-coin payouts:
- Lucilla: 1,000
- Gracchus: 350
- Juba: 250
- Proximo: 250
The lower-tier symbols are cards:
- A: 200
- K: 200
- Q: 120
- J: 120
- 10: 75
- 9: 75
The Wild Card is the Gladiator helmet, and three of them initiates the Gladiator Jackpot Bonus. The helmet substitutes for any symbol except the Coliseum Scatter.
The Scatter Symbol is the Coliseum, and it pays out at 100 if five appear.
The Non-Progressive Jackpot
For the biggest payout in regular game play, it's in the hands of Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix's character). He's featured on the top symbol, and five of him will get you 5,000 for every credit you've wagered. If you're playing at the ten-coin maximum, that's a 50,000 top award.
How To Get Into The Coliseum
There are two bonus round possibilities in this game:
The Gladiator Jackpot Bonus: triggered by the Gladiator helmet on reels 2, 3, and 4
The Coliseum Bonus: activated when three Coliseum scatter symbols appear anywhere on the screen
Nine helmets are chosen from a screen filled with them hiding prize values of Gold, Silver or Bronze. The wins add up accordingly, but nine out of nine Gold Helmets provides the progressive jackpot that can climb as high as a million or more.
Although the bonus game can result from free game play, the progressive jackpot is out of the arena when it does arise from free spins.
To receive the ultimate benefit from this bonus, you need to climb up through the ranks. In this case, the prizes are set up in rows.
- 1st row: free games.
- 2nd row: free games with multipliers.
- 3rd row: extra scatter symbols.
- 4th row: extra wild symbols.
You'll start at the first row and start picking stones to reveal the prizes. With every selection, you win a prize that also includes one of these four outcomes:
- Collect all prizes in the selected column (not row).
- Pick another prize in the row above.
- Pick another prize in the same row.
- Collect the prize and continue to free games.
So, basically, everyone selects a symbol from the bottom row and then will either be awarded more selections or will be taken back to the main game and awarded the free spins that accompany this bonus round.
A 50/50 Winning Proposition
If you want to crank up your winnings, you've got a 50% chance in the gamble function. There's nothing too elaborate here. You simply predict that the card that will be turned face up will be red or black and you'll either double up or lose what you just won.
Those Helmets Are Gold
The game is the same on the original version as on the newer progressive payout machines, and the Gladiator Bonus Round is the arena for the big cash prizes.
Gee, it should be simple, right? Nine out of nine gold helmets and you're a grand prize winner. It doesn't happen very much but, when it does, it's worth it… at least to the winner!
The largest payout to date was in 2013 when an extremely fortunate player from the United Kingdom did indeed receive nine out of nine gold helmets in the bonus round resulting in a massive prize of €2,374,847.
Mobile players shouldn't feel left out though. In June of 2017, Gladiator "on the go" also provided those coveted nine Golden Helmets to another UK player who deposited only £30 and was betting at a relatively low 25p per spin. Lo and behold, the bonus round provided those helmets, and her smartphone provided her with £1,365,870!
Best Picture. Best Game?
These large payout winners should certainly entice you to give the game a spin. It would be more fun to see Russell Crowe's face appear, but the video introduction, the 3D formatting, and the sound effects should certainly answer Maximus' question "Are you not entertained?"